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Karlsson Has Successful Run at British Amateur

June 25, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Robert Karlsson reached the quarterfinal round of last week's 2012 British Amateur.

Robert Karlsson reached the quarterfinal round of last week's 2012 British Amateur.

2012 British Amateur results

Liberty golf alum Robert Karlsson recently completed a successful run at the 2012 British Amateur, where he advanced to the quarterfinal round before falling to this year's eventual champion.

A total of 288 amateur players entered the event, which was contested at the Royal Troon and Glasgow-Gailes Golf Clubs in Troon, South Ayshire, Scotland.

Karlsson, Liberty's first-ever golf All-American, opened the stroke play portion of the event with a one-over par 143.

During the first day of stroke play, Karlsson offset three straight bogeys with three birdies to fire an even par round of 71 at the Glasgow-Gailes. The Kalmar, Sweden, native followed with a one-over par 72 at Royal Troon, allowing him to finish tied for 45th place and advance to the match play portion of the event.

The top 64 players, plus tied, then began four rigorous days of match play, where Karlsson opened with a 3-and-1 victory over Olivier Rozner of France, followed by a 1 up victory over Woodhall Spa's Nathan Kimsey.

Karlsson kept things rolling with another 1 up victory in the Round of 16 over Ricardo Melo Gouveia of Portugal, before eventually surrendering to Alan Dunbar of Rathmore, 3-and-2, in the quarterfinals. Dunbar would go on to win the 2012 title with a 1 up victory over Austria's Matthias Schwab in the championship.

Following the successful run at the British Amateur, Karlsson now ranks as the No. 23 amateur in the world, as listed in the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings published by the R&A and the USGA.

Karlsson will officially complete his final collegiate-related event this week when he plays for the European team in the 2012 Palmer Cup at The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Thursday through Saturday.

This is the second year in a row Karlsson has been a member of the European team for the annual Ryder Cup-style competition between the top collegiate players in the world.

The European team will be looking to halt a two-year skid in the event, including last year where the United States team defeated Karlsson's squad, 13-11, at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn.